Encyclopedia of Sacred PlacesBook - 1997
As interest increases in the role of world religions in history and international affairs, the new edition ofEncyclopedia of Sacred Places—which arrives 15 years after the publication of the original edition—provides new and updated information on site-specific religious practice and spiritually significant locations around the globe.
While many of the entries describe specific places, like the Erawan Shrine and the Rock of Cashel, others examine types of sacred sites, pilgrimages, and practices. With articles that describe both the places and their associated traditions and history, this reference book reveals the enormous diversity and cultural significance of religious practice worldwide. For students and teachers of classes ranging from high school geography to university-level courses in religious studies, geography, anthropology, and sociology, this book provides essential reference on places of great significance to the world's various faith traditions.
Describes over 200 temples, shrines, holy wells, sacred mountains, prehistoric ruins, sites of miracles or visions, and other places throughout the world that are currently or were formerly venerated. Includes maps marking the location within such regions as western Europe and the Middle East, a glossary without pronunciation, lists by religious tradition and country, entries on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and occasional black and white photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.